Rhapsody of Realities Daily Devotional; Thursday, 1st August 2019;
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome DSc., DD;
CHRIST OUR MEDIATOR AND RECONCILER;
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5).
In Romans 6:14, the Bible says, “For sin shall not have dominion over you..” The problem of sin has been dealt with. In the Old Testament, the prophet Isaiah cried out, “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2). But it’s not so anymore, because of Christ’s redemptive work; He’s the mediator between God and men. The Bible says God was in Christ, reconciling the world – the world of sinners – unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them. God isn’t holding sin against you, because of Jesus; our sins were laid on Him. No one today should bear the punishment for his or her sins, because Jesus already paid the full penalty for sin. He was judged for our sake (Isaiah 53:5).
Following His victorious sacrifice on our behalf, He initiated and established peace between God and man; He reconciled humanity back to God. Man had become alienated from the life of God through Adam’s disobedience, but Jesus reconciled us with the Father in the body of His flesh through death.
Colossians 1:21 declares, “And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight” The latter part of this scripture clearly reveals the reason for the reconciliation: ”…to present you holy, blameless and above reproach in his sight.” Now, you’re qualified to live in the presence of God, without inferiority, guilt or condemnation; you’re free from all accusations, being justified by His grace. Blessed be God!
This is the Gospel! The reason you’re holy, blameless, and justified before the Father isn’t because of what you did, or didn’t do; it’s the result of what Jesus did. His death, burial, and resurrection reconciled you to the Father and brought you into oneness and fellowship with Him. Hallelujah!
I’m the unveiling of the Father’s righteousness, called to show forth His glory and excellence. I walk and live in the light, as He is the light; the light of His Word and His righteousness. Therefore, I reign in this life, with dominion over sickness, disease, poverty, darkness, and the elements of this world. Glory to God!
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him since He always lives to make intercession for them.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Romans 6:1-14 & Psalms 56-59
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Luke 12: 22-34 & Judges 7